Murdoch to Elliot (Assistant Under-Secretary)
Emigration Office
15 December 1862
I have to acknowledge your letter of 11th inst with copies of the correspondence which has recently passed with the Hudsons Bay Co on the subject of the percentage paid to them on Sales of land in VanCouvers Island.
2. As the Company acquiesce in the Duke of Newcastle's view, that no percentage will be due to the Company for Sales effected after the payment to them of theManuscript image amount agreed on for the repurchase of the Island, it only remains to forward instructions in accordance with that arrangement to Governor Douglas. I presume that His Grace will agree with the Company that the percentage should be paid to them on all sales effected before the payment of the repurchase money.
I have the honor to be
Your Obedient
Humble Servant
T.W.C. Murdoch
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
It remains to place the Govr in possession of the substance of the correspondence with the H.B. Compy and to inform the Compy, as suggested in this letter, that the per centage will be paid on all Sales effected before the payt of the purchase money?
FR 16/12
So proceed—at once.
CF 19
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Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 124, 24 December 1862, informing him that the HBC has agreed that it will not receive a ten percent commission on the sale of land on Vancouver Island after the date on which the government pays the company for the repurchase of the Island.
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Elliot to H.H. Berens, Hudson's Bay Company, 29 December 1862, agreeing that all land sold previous to payment of the repurchase money would be subject to the ten percent profit claimed by the company.